- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has again refused to grant a new trial for a man on death row for killing a carrier for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal during a robbery in 2000.

Thirty-six-year-old Marlon Howell was convicted of capital murder in the death of David Pernell in New Albany.

Howell contends that new alibi witnesses require a new trial. One sworn statement was from Lasonja Gambles of Blue Mountain, saying she had driven Howell from New Albany to Blue Mountain in the hours before Pernell’s death.

In an opinion Thursday, the high court said Howell’s attorney could easily have called them to testify. It quotes Gambles as saying Howell knew her phone number the night of the murder and sent her letters around the time of his trial.

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